As a visual artist, my drawings are about the beauty, complexity, fragility and what is compelling about the natural world. I see nature and our relationship to it as my point of departure in understanding our humanity. What I’m particularly interested in drawing are landscapes of wildernesses, especially the ones that are distant and remote. Deserts, open seas, mountain ranges and forests - their breadth and seeming emptiness speak of what is “other” to our human world, our dreams, our fears and what is beyond our control. These places are also fragile and undergoing dramatic change from increased urbanization.
When I am in the studio making my drawings, questions about our place, effect and purpose in the natural world occupy my thoughts. These questions come from the experience of migrating from coastal environments that have undergone dramatic change, and where some parts no longer exist. These questions are what propel me to choose drawing as the medium to carry what I feel and think about these subjects. I count on the drawing medium to be a focused and tactile way of representing the patterns and forms found in nature. I use detailed line drawing, size and scale as the means of insisting on the urgency of the subject of the work. The works are either 5 by 8 feet, or 5 by 8 inches in size. Through drawing, I’m creating spaces that are vast, yet finite and intimate. I want the viewer to get a sense of either being enveloped and surrounded by this space, or the sense that they can hold it in the palm of their hand.